Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tricia Boruta
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Hours: , ,

Notes: Sign up for a membership

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Taylor-Lauridsen 150590InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$6.00
Baseball at Taylor-Lauridsen 150587InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/02/05 23:00From February 5, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 151242OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 136640OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 136641OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 136755InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 136643Individual_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upMale2016/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 136642Individual_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 150584InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$6.00
Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 151243InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 12 but less than 16Female2016/02/10 00:15From February 9, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$0
Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 137024InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:15From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Dodgeball at Taylor-Lauridsen 150583InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 137348InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/04 23:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 137349InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Floor Hockey League at Taylor-Lauridsen 137388Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/29 00:30From January 28, 2016 to March 3, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$36.00
Fun and Games at Taylor-Lauridsen 150585InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 23:15From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$11.00
Fun with Food at Taylor-Lauridsen 152655InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$0
Knitting Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 137849OpenCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 18 but less than 65Coed2016/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Taylor-Lauridsen Cancelled150588InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Taylor-Lauridsen 138206InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at Taylor-Lauridsen 138571InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Female2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 138804OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 1:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 138805OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 150589OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 150581InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 150582InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/01/04 22:15From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$11.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 139008InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 139007InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 150586InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:15From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Teen Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 139170OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/30 00:30From January 29, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$6.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 139657InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 139658InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 139675Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$179.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 139798InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/05 01:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 139799InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/07 01:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$11.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.